This is one of those ‘holy crap, what am I making for dinner?!’ kind of meals.
There’s tons of information on the web about being pre-prepared for meals, which is kind of ironic and contradictory in itself, since you need the time to do the preparing!
I, for one, am not the best at this.
Dinner rolls around every night, and about 80% of the time, I’m in a mad dash to put something together.
That’s where this meal came in one night.
The one thing I am good about is keeping a Tupperware full of cooked chicken breast, either for my salads, stir-fries, or for the kids’ meals, but one recent night, I had not a chicken breast in sight!
In addition, I was out of a few normal staples, so I threw this meal together on a whim.
I love a good rice and beans meal, and this was no exception. It was so delicious that I had to put it in a post, asap!
My meat-loving husband even agreed it was awesome, so that convinced me even more that it was pretty darn tasty.
It’s a great meal to make when you want to go meatless, it’s easy, AND it’s cheap!! All music to my ears. 🙂
- 1 c. uncooked brown rice
- 1 T. oil
- ½ large red onion, chopped
- ¼ green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ c. celery, chopped
- ½ t. cumin
- ¼ t. red pepper flakes
- ½ t. salt, plus more to taste
- 2 T. vegetable broth or water
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- ¼ c. cilantro, chopped
- Get the rice on to cook, according to package directions.
- While the rice is cooking, chop the vegetables.
- Heat the oil in a large pan.
- Add in the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, and saute until onion is translucent (about five minutes).
- Add in the onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and the broth or water to deglaze the pan.
- Add in the tomato and beans.
- Cook 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the rice, once it is finished cooking.
- Stir until well combined.
- Add in the cilantro last and mix well.
- Taste and add more salt, if needed.
Adapted from this recipe
Some of the measurements are a bit ‘rustic’, as a little more or less of anything isn’t going to make or break this dish.
If you enjoy a more intense garlic or onion flavor, throw in a bit more!
The food that takes the longest to cook is the rice, so get that on first thing! My rice cooks in about the time it takes me to prepare the remaining ingredients, but all are different. Make sure you get a fresh rice (no brown or black spots!), as it cooks faster.
Add a sprinkle of cheese, a squirt of lime juice, and a dollop of Greek yogurt or guacamole for an extra flavor boost!
What cheap, healthy meal do you enjoy?